Monthly Archives: March 2018

Sentinel-3B: and she’s up

After unpacking Sentinel-3B and positioning it on the tilting dolly, the satellite has been switched on and moved into a vertical position. The team switched on the satellite on Friday 23 March – always a tense moment....

Sentinel-3B: on the dolly

Following its arrival at the Plesetsk launch site, the Sentinel-3B satellite has been taken out of its transport container and placed on its ‘tilting dolly’. This dolly holds the satellite in various positions, allowing the engineers to...

Join us for #Sentinel3 launch event

Be a part of Europe’s Earth observation revolution by applying to join experts at one of two Sentinel-3B launch #SocialSpace activities on 25 April. The Copernicus Sentinel-3 mission is a constellation of two satellites and that’s why...

Sentinel-3B: preparing to unveil

The Sentinel-3B shipment has now arrived safely at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome and the team has been busy getting everything into the facilities. The Antonov cargo aircraft left Nice, France, in the late evening on 15 March. The...

Sentinel-3B: off to meet our satellite

Yesterday it was –5°C and snowed gently all day. This is a bit of a contrast to the sunny weather we had last weekend, and even bigger contrast to the weather in the south of France where...

Sentinel-3B: Advance team gets ready to receive

With the launch of the Copernicus Sentinel-3B set for 25 April, the first team has arrived at Russia’s Plesetsk launch site to prepare for the arrival of the satellite. Sentinel-3B has spent the last year at Thales...